Former governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, has told members of the All Progressives Congress in Enugu State not to feel threatened by his defection to the party.
Nwobodo, a former senator and presidential aspirant on the platform of his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, said he did not come into the APC to take anybody’s place.
There were insinuations that some APC members in Enugu State were uncomfortable with Nwobodo’s admission into the party.
There were reports that the said aggrieved members voiced their dissatisfaction during a recent meeting, reportedly convened by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Jeffrey Onyeama, where Nwobodo declared his membership of the APC.
However, dismissing the insinuations, Nwobodo, who spoke through his media consultant, Mr. Nwobodo Onyekwere, said he was not in the party to rock the boat, particularly at the state level.
The former Sports minister also said he would not lord it over the party members at the state level.
According to Nwobodo, all members of the party in Enugu State should join hands together to reposition the APC in the state, instead of nursing needless concerns over positions.
“Some unidentified ‘’stakeholders’’ had allegedly voiced opposition, criticism and/or objection to Chief Nwobodo’s admission into the APC. Nothing could be farther from the truth!
“If indeed there were any such dissenting voices at that gathering, such disgruntled person(s) ought to come into the open.
“As all neutral witnesses would bear out, the whole duration of the occasion was devoid of any untoward or unsavoury incidents.
“Chief Nwobodo has left the PDP to join the APC, strictly on principle and for the good of his people.
“He hasn’t joined to take anybody’s place or lord it over anybody.
“There is no need for anybody or group already in the party to feel unsafe or threatened by his entry, as everybody’s preoccupation should be how to reposition the party in the state for greater goals and/or results,” Nwobodo said through his media consultant.
He added that the APC leadership in Enugu State had assured members that measures were being taken to bring to book, persons found to be responsible for the ‘false’ insinuations that his membership was not welcomed by some members of the party in the state.
He said, ”Those involved in this treachery know themselves and are also aware they have been unmasked.” (Punch)